The Seattle Seahawks hit the field after their customary day off and had a substantial number of players sitting out due to injury. Colin Cole — out this weekend — and Golden Tate were mentioned earlier, but were just the beginning of the walking wounded for the Hawks. The Seahawks did get some good news in the secondary, however, as both Kelly Jennings and Walter Thurmond were expected to practice today.
The Seattle Times’ Danny O’Neil had the full pre-practice injury report on his blog.
Though quarterback Matt Hasselbeck did sit out today, he is expected to play after suffering a concussion against the Oakland Raiders. Hasselbeck was feeling fine but still must pass the standard concussion test to be cleared for Sunday’s game against the New York Giants.
Mike Williams is questionable for Sunday with a thigh bruise but Carroll was optimistic about his chances. Red Bryant and Ben Hamilton, both of whom were injured against the Raiders, are on injured reserve and out for the year. Defensive tackle Brandon Mebane was not expected to practice today, but may finally make his return this weekend after missing the last three games.
Chris Spencer was a late scratch from practice. Spencer, the starting center, was dealing with a sore neck. On the defensive line, Chris Clemons was given the day off by the coaching staff for reasons that are unknown. In all, 10 Seahawks missed practice. Jordan Babineaux was also slowed due to injury, only practicing on a limited basis.
The offensive line also took a hit Sunday, with tackle Tyler Polumbus suffering a knee injury. He was not expected to practice and his status for Sunday is in serious doubt. Carroll thought Russell Okung, sidelined last week with another ankle injury, may be able to play this weekend, but he wasn’t expected to practice this week.
Add them all together and you have a banged-up Seahawks team preparing for a well-rested Giants team. Not exactly the recipe for success.